3 Top tips to keep you and your guests secure when using Airbnb

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Hundreds of thousands of homes around the World are using Airbnb to host their properties to travellers looking for an easy way to see the world without the expensive cost of staying in hotels.

The rise of Airbnb has opened up so many more opportunities for travellers to see more of the world easily, live and experience places like a local and the chance to stay in unique properties such as a tree house in the Black Forest, a Mongolian Yurt on Lake Annecy or even a converted castle in Tuscany.

The properties to stay in and the places to visit are now even easier to experience as more hosts join the worlds largest bed and breakfast directory.

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Travelling the world, living like a local and staying somewhere cheaply – sounds great yes?! Absolutely, now let’s think about how we are going to ensure your property stays secure and your guests feel safe because ultimately we want them to write a rave review for more guests to come and stay!

  1. Physical entry to the property

You have registered as a host, you have listed your property and created a wicked profile on Airbnb with some beautiful photos of the property. Now, there are some things you need to think about to ensure your property is secure and your guests feel safe.

What you don’t want is to create security that is too complicated and cumbersome, people want to come and go quickly and not have to think about too many tricky security features. So firstly think if you are going to meet and greet your guests and hand over the room or property to them on arrival, or if you will need to install a door entry system that your guests are provided with a code prior to their arrival.

A door entry system can easily be installed to both residential and commercial properties to include master and guest codes. These can be changed each time a new guest stays to provide a robust security for your property and an easy to manage system for you or your housekeeper to change and reissue codes.

2. External security lighting

Dependent on location of your property and the level of street lighting available, you may wish to introduce some security lighting to the external walls of your property to help your guests find their way, their keys or codes and help them feel secure.

Security lighting is a great crime deterrent, it is a proven tool to deter ‘tailgating’ into properties, bag theft and intimidation as the lighting makes the property much more visible and likely for any criminal wanting to be kept in the dark more likely to move on from brightly lit buildings and your guests.

3.  Intruder alarm

Although you probably wouldn’t want to use the alarm while you had guests staying to reduce the over-complicated security measures while they stayed with you, if the property wasn’t in constant use or you were away for long periods of time we would suggest introducing an intruder alarm to be set while the property was empty.

The alarm can be armed and disarmed easily from a mobile app that could be set once your guests had departed, giving you the peace of mind the property was secure.

Another great feature of introducing an intruder alarm to your property is that you can provide your housekeeper or regular cleaner with an access code for them to be there when they need to be and not disturb you for entry or reset the alarm on their exit.

For more information and receive a FREE security proposal, please give White Horse Fire and Security a call – 01235 413823.

 

 

 

 

 

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6 top tips for keeping your home under wraps this Christmas

Christmas is a busy time buying and wrapping the perfect presents, decorating the tree, attending parties and ticking everything off the festive list. But, how can you make sure your efforts aren’t wasted on someone out to help themselves to a slice of your hard work?

Here are 6 Tricks you can tick off your festive list to help keep your home safely under wraps this Christmas:

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1. Secret present stash – hiding your gifts from your loved ones at home can be really tricky. Remember that keeping presents in your car or van is a no no, it’s just a risk not worth taking. Finding somewhere at home to keep your presents is definitely the safest option. However, if your home doesn’t have the perfect hiding place and you decide to store larger gifts in an outside shed or garage, just check they’re locked securely and ideally are covered by a security light or monitored by a home security cctv system.

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2. Once wrapped – for most of us the wrapping process can take hours, unless you’ve mastered the art of gliding scissors or tape-less wrapping. Once your stunning gifts are wrapped and labelled we’d advise you keep them back in your perfect hiding place until Christmas Eve. However, if you like to put them under the tree nice and early, make sure they’re not visible to anyone passing by your home or attracting any unwanted attention.

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3. Increase your home comforts this Christmas – Christmas is a great time to entertain and enjoy your beautiful home, but it’s also a time we need to be a little more security conscious. So to help increase the comfort of your home, why not install a home security system which can monitor your home whilst you’re out buying the last festive, finishing touches. With an easy to use mobile and tablet app, you can check all your cctv cameras whilst you’re out. You can check to see if that all important last parcel was delivered!

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4. Not so social – it’s all too tempting for you and the family to post photos on social media of your festive home with the presents laid out under the tree, but with loose privacy settings and location tracking switched on, are we making it too easy for our festive images and address details to get into the wrong hands? Take a few minutes to check your social media privacy settings, and save posting photos of your beautifully wrapped presents until Christmas Eve.

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5. After Christmas – for the lucky ones, Santa might bring you a sparkly new MacBook Pro, or a top of the range road bike or perhaps a state of the art 4K TV. If you’re throwing away the packaging, don’t leave it outside your home, visible to passers. Instead, break it up and disguise and big brand names on the packaging so’s not to advertise what valuable goodies are now at your address.

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6. If you’re away this Christmas – for the lucky ones jet setting this Christmas don’t forget to leave your home looking well lit, secure and as though you’re still home. Take a look at another of our blogs for more tips on ways to keep your home safe Before you head off on your…. Summer Festive Holiday!

We wish you all a merry Christmas!

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